It seems as though with every newspaper you pick up, every TV news channel you tune in to, and every blog you scroll through, there’s talk of either an imminent cyber attack or a series of pretty serious cyber security disasters taking place.
In the second instalment of our cyber security series, we’re delving into the relationship between businesses and cyber security. Read on to find out some crucial steps to take to ensure your company is protected against cyber criminals.
According to a 2017 Threat Report conducted by ACSC, the Australian Cyber Security Centre, Australian companies alone saw a 15% increase in cyber incidents in 2016. 47,000 cybercrime incidents to be exact.
Looks like those hackers have been pretty busy, hey.
And realistically? If your business hasn’t come into contact with a little cyber trouble already, it probably won’t be too long until it is.
Cyber attacks can creep out from a whole host of areas within your business. From websites to emails, to the entire network potentially crashing down around your hard-working hands, it’s a scary and potentially devastating thought for your business.
BUT. Before you panic and decide to pack up in preparation for your own robot replacement, there are important strides you can make in order to step up your cyber security protection and help to keep those disasters away.
How do you do that, you ask? Read on to find out some crucial steps to take to ensure your company is protected against these ….
Ensure that your email security is a cut above the rest
The statistics, rather worryingly, speak for themselves. According to the ACSC, the most common forms of cyber attacks for Aussies is Phishing, nope, not the relaxing “I’ll have a few beers by the water” kind, email scams, and dating and romance scams. It would seem that sadly, love is certainly not in the air.
It’s important for your business to provide direct protection against unwanted threats. Not only are these email scams happening more and more frequently, to top it off, they’re gaining increased brain power.
The minister assisting the prime minister for cyber security, Dan Tehan, has stated that these are “more elaborate than the attacks we have seen in previous years”. In this case, be wary of opening any emails that you’re unsure about, and make sure you’re constantly monitoring and screening emails for any potential attacks. Sorted.
Install a firewall
A robust firewall is pretty much going to be your best friend in the fight against cybercrime. And what you really want is a firewall solution installed on your internal network with these elements:
- Web and email filtering
- Data Loss Prevention
- Management features
- Reporting functionality
A cloak of invisibility for the internet, blocking out all and any confidential chatter from any unauthorised sources? Yes, please.
Don’t forget to back up
It’s something that everyone talks about but essentially becomes its own backup thought. But don’t become a victim of backup backburning.
All businesses need to ensure the constant backing up of important information. Why? Because not only does it help to restore any kind of data loss through the failure of equipment, it also assists in the event of an accidental error and data corruption.
Oh, and make sure to store your backups off-site in case of physical security or natural disasters, for the ultimate in security.
Turn to ‘white hat hackers’
Employ hackers to protect your business from, hackers…
White hat hackers, also known as ethical hackers, have turned their back on surfing the dark web. Choosing to don a cyber cape of heroism, they use their wily hacking skills for good. And they do so by actively looking for weaknesses within your network, uncovering any potential threats before more malicious hackers can make their move.
In addition to dishing out white hats, you should also ensure to run a variety of tests on your network - both manual and automatic - in order to keep on top of your security and fend off any potential disasters.
Change passwords regularly
Yes, we know. It’s super annoying when that little box pops up reminding you to change your password for the 4785th time that month. But, it’s honestly never been more important.
The Australian Community Attitudes to Privacy Survey 2017 highlighted that a whopping 69% of Australians say they are more concerned about their online privacy than they were five years ago. So there are no excuses.
Change your passwords frequently, make sure to keep them close to your chest, and keep them hard to guess by using numbers and special characters, even if does mean you may be privy to forgetting it yourself sometimes. But hey, we’re all human.
Just don’t change it to p@ssword.
Assess, and adjust your attitude where appropriate
You may not think that cyber security and organisational attitude go hand in hand. But the cyber fate of your business can very much be dependent on the attitude of your organisation, particularly when it comes to policies and plans. In particular? Creating a cyber security policy for your business.
Once you’ve made the focus of cyber security a priority? It’s onto the next step. Invest a hefty amount of time with the constant checking and rechecking of your strategies and policies. Adapt them when you need to, and you’ll be sure to fit the ever-changing cyber security circuit and your own working environment.
To fight the good fight and help keep those pesky malicious hackers away, why not don your own white hat? Sign up for one of our trusted Cyber Security Courses and get ready to avert a cyber security disaster all of your own.